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Background

A patent is a grant that is issued by the United States Government that gives you the right to exclude all others from making, using or selling the claimed subject matter of your patent, or its equivalents.

Before you decide to pursue your idea, you should be confident that a market exists for you new idea that is at least large enough to cover your investment costs and hopefully, significantly larger than that.

Determining Patentability

It is a usually best to have a patentability search conducted before you invest time or money in a new project idea. If cost is a factor initially, you can conduct a free preliminary patent search on the Internet. However, before a patent application is filed, a search should be conducted at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The cost to conduct a Patentability Search and Prepare a Written Opinion on Patentability for a typical invention is $1200.00.

We are Better and Here’s How

We are located in close proximity to the USPTO and have a working knowledge of the area and the examining groups. Typically our patentability opinions include patent search data obtained from:

* A computer based search at the USPTO;

* A manual search fine-tuned based on the results of the computer search; and

* If necessary, a follow-up with a patent examiner in the group art unit where your patent application will be examined.

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Provisional Patents

A provisional patent extends the deadline for filing a utility patent application by one year and it is less expensive to file than a utility patent application. A utility patent application must be filed however, within on year of filing the provisional patent application because the provisional application does not result in a patent. The cost to prepare and file a provisional patent application is $3,250.00 for most applications, of which $1,250.00 is applied to the cost of a utility patent application.

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Utility Patents

A utility patent protects the function of a device or method. The cost to prepare and file a utility patent application, including the filing costs to the US Government and drafting costs is $5500 for most inventions. A fixed price will be provided together with your patentability opinion.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Patents

Click here for answers to many common questions about patents.

Further Assistance

If you have further questions, please contact our office.  We will be glad to provide you with a complimentary 30 minute consultation concerning patents or any other intellectual property matters.

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